Thank you for visiting www.rasktravel.com. This site is owned and operated by RASK Travel Ltd. of 25 Horsell Road, London, N5 1XL (“RASK”).
Our bookings are tailored to your requirements and so bookings are subject to availability.
A binding contract between us and you (the lead name on the booking) is only formed when we issue you with our booking confirmation after having received payment from you, in cleared funds, of either the required deposit or the full price of your holiday (depending on when the booking is made relative to the intended departure date). By making the booking you accept that you have the authority to bind all members of your party to these terms and conditions of booking and you take responsibility as the lead name on the booking to make payment and to receive documentation on behalf of your party.
2. PRICE AND PAYMENT
You will be advised of the current price before your booking is confirmed. Prices quoted can be in GBP, USD, EUR or other currency.
Where any costs cannot be reasonably calculated by us in advance of the conclusion of your contract, we will give you an indication at the time of booking of the type of additional costs which you may still have to bear.
In order to make a booking, a deposit may be required. The amount of deposit varies depending on the nature of your trip and will be confirmed to you before you book. Where bookings include flights with airlines that require full payment in advance of booking, the full price of the flight(s) will be included in the booking deposit and will be chargeable in the event of cancellation as a cancellation fee (see below). The balance payment is due 12 weeks in advance of the intended departure date. If the booking is made less than 12 weeks before departure, the full price of the trip will be payable on booking. Your booking confirmation will advise the balance payment due date. If, following the payment of a deposit at the time of booking, any balance remains unpaid within 12 weeks of the intended departure date, we reserve the right not to issue travel documentation and treat your booking as cancelled. In such circumstances cancellation charges will be applied.
Payments must be made in the currency of the invoice and you will be responsible for any bank charges that may be incurred. Payments can be made by cheque, bank transfer, debit or credit card. In all cases, a booking will not be confirmed until we are in receipt of cleared funds.
It is essential and a condition of booking with RASK, that you take out a comprehensive travel insurance policy to cover you before, during and after your trip. We will not be responsible for any costs incurred by you or any member of your party before, during or after your trip as a consequence of inappropriate or insufficient travel insurance being purchased.
4. PASSPORTS, VISAS AND HEALTH FORMALITIES
Most countries now require passports to be valid for at least 6 months after your return. It is your responsibility to ensure that you and your party will be able to obtain, and will be in possession of, all necessary travel documents/visas in advance of travel. It will also be your responsibility to ensure that you and all members of your party will be able to comply with all health formalities for the destination concerned. We will not accept liability if you or any member of your party is refused entry onto any transport or into any country due to failure on your/their part to carry correct documentation or to comply with relevant health formalities.
Whilst we make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate and not misleading, it may have been published many months before your travel experience takes place and may be subject to change. We reserve the right to make changes to the website and any information it contains at any time. We will confirm all details of your experience in your booking confirmation.
6. AMENDMENT, TRANSFERS AND CANCELLATION BY YOU
Any cancellation or amendment request must be sent us in writing to our postal address or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
and will not take effect until you have received acknowledgement from us that we have received your request.
If after our booking confirmation has been issued, you wish to change your travel arrangements in any way, we will do our best to assist you in amending your arrangements after booking, but, subject to your right to transfer under the following paragraph, we cannot guarantee that this will always be possible. Any request for changes must be in writing from the person who made the booking. You may be asked to pay an administration charge of £75 or equivalent in other currency, as specified by RASK, in addition to the costs we incur in making those amendments. If we are unable to make the amendments and you decide to cancel, we may require you to pay us cancellation charges.
Any cancellations requested by you, must be communicated to us in writing. We will accept notification of cancellation by email, on the understanding that you agree and accept that where you are shown as the sender of the email, we will be entitled to assume that such email has been sent by you.
Cancellations may incur cancellation charges depending on how much notice you give us prior to the departure date. Cancellation charges represent our reasonable costs of terminating your contract based on the time of termination of the contract before the the start of the package and the expected cost savings and income from alternative deployment of the travel services where available.
If you cancel your trip more than 12 weeks before your intended departure date (i.e. before the balance due date), the cancellation charge is likely to be the amount of your deposit (including any increased deposit payable as a result of the booking of scheduled flights, see above) although it could be significantly more. Charges for cancellation after the balance due date will usually be significantly more than the deposit amount and will vary due to the complex nature of our travel itineraries. Cancellation charges are likely to increase the closer to departure date that the cancellation is made and may well be up to 100% of the total price of your booking and you should contact us as soon as possible.
Please note that if the reason for your cancellation is covered under the terms of your insurance policy, you may be able to reclaim some or all of the cancellation charges. Please speak to your insurance provider.
In all cases, where cancellation results in us making a refund payment to you, such payment will be made to you as the lead and contracting member of your party, or any substitute lead and contracting member of the party (see above). This will be the case regardless of which members of the party make the deposit and balance payments for the booking.
7. AMENDMENTS AND CANCELLATION BY US
(a) Amendments before departure
We may have to make amendments to your proposed trip and may do this at any time and we will advise you of any changes that affect your booking before we issue the booking confirmation.
Occasionally, it is necessary for us to make changes after your booking has been confirmed. We are entitled to make minor changes to your booking provided that we inform you.
If, before the start of the package, we are constrained by circumstances beyond our control to alter significantly any of the main characteristics of the travel services specified in Schedule 1 of the Package Travel Regulations, or cannot fulfil your special requirements that we have accepted in your booking confirmation, (“Significant Change”), we will notify you as soon as possible. Within the period that we shall specify in the notice, you may either: (i) accept the proposed changes; or (ii) terminate the contract without paying a cancellation charge.
If you choose to terminate your contract, you may accept a substitute package where we are able to offer this to you.
Where the changes to your contract or the substitute package offered result in a package of lower quality or cost, you are entitled to an appropriate price reduction.
If you terminate the contract and do not accept a substitute package, you will be entitled to a full refund within 14 days after the contract is terminated.
(b) Cancellation by us
Whilst we hope we will never have to cancel your trip, this is very occasionally necessary and we reserve the right to do so. We will do our best to offer alternative arrangements of a comparable or better quality. If we can only offer a lower quality, we will offer give you an appropriate price reduction. If we cannot offer you an alternative, we will give you a full and prompt refund of the price of the trip. We will also be liable to pay appropriate compensation pursuant to Section 9 unless:
- we are prevented from performing the contract because of Unavoidable and Extraordinary Circumstances and we notified you without undue delay before the start of the package; or
- We have to cancel because the minimum number of persons enrolled for the package is smaller than the minimum number stated in the contract and we notify you within the following time periods.
- In the case of trips lasting more than 6 days, no later than 20 days before the start of the package;
- In the case of trips lasting between 2 and 6 days, no later than 7 days before the start of the package;
- In the case of trips lasting less than 2 days, no later than 48 hours before the start of the package.
(c) Unavoidable and Extraordinary Circumstances
Unavoidable and extraordinary circumstances means a situation beyond the control of a party the consequences of which could not have been avoided even if all reasonable measures had been taken by that party (“Unavoidable and Extraordinary Circumstances”). Unavoidable and Extraordinary Circumstances will usually include, but are not limited to, war, threat of war, airport closures, airspace closures (as well as other air traffic management decisions which may give rise to long or overnight delays or cancellations of one or more flights), the inability of airline(s) to operate flights as a result of the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union (including the loss or restriction of air traffic or transit rights or the right of airline(s) to enter any airspace), serious security problems such as riots, civil disturbance or unrest due to political instability or terrorist activity (actual or threatened), industrial disputes, technical or maintenance problems with transport, machinery or equipment, power failure, significant risks to human health such as outbreak of serious disease at the travel destination, natural or nuclear disaster, fire, flood, drought, earthquake, or adverse weather conditions (actual or threatened) and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office advising against travel to a particular destination.
(d) Travel delays
You may be entitled to claim compensation from your airline under Regulation (EC) 261/2004 in the event of delay, cancellation or overbooking. See Section 12 below for details.
8. PERFORMANCE OF PACKAGE
We are liable to you for the performance of the travel services included in the package travel contract (whether those services are to be performed by us or by other travel service providers) – see Section 9.
If after departure you perceive any lack of conformity (as defined in Section 9 below) during the performance of your package travel contract, you must inform us without undue delay. We will remedy any lack of conformity within the reasonable period that you require, unless that is impossible or entails disproportionate costs, taking in account the extent of lack of conformity and the value of travel services affected. If we do not remedy the lack of conformity within the reasonable period you require, you shall be entitled to an appropriate price reduction for any period of lack of conformity and to appropriate compensation for any damage sustained as a result, in accordance with Section 9.
If we are unable to provide a significant proportion of your trip whilst you are away, we will offer you suitable alternative arrangements of, where possible, equivalent or higher quality than those specified in the contract, at no extra cost to you, for the continuation of your trip. Where the proposed alternative arrangements result in a package of lower quality than that specified in the package travel contract, we shall grant you an appropriate price reduction.
You may reject the proposed alternative arrangements only if they are not comparable to what was agreed in the package travel contract or the price reduction granted is inadequate.
If a lack of conformity substantially affects the performance of the package and we fail to remedy the lack of conformity with the reasonable period you specify, you may terminate the contract without paying a cancellation fee and where appropriate request a price reduction and/or compensation for damages in accordance with Section 9.
If we are unable to make alternative arrangements or you reject the proposed alternative arrangement according to the above conditions, where appropriate, you are entitled to a price reduction or compensation for damages, or both, in accordance with Section 10 without terminating the travel contract.
If your package contract includes transport, we will also provide you repatriation with equivalent transport without undue delay and at no extra cost to you.
If we are unable to ensure your return as agreed in the package travel contract because of Unavoidable and Extraordinary Circumstances, we will bear the cost of necessary accommodation (if possible of an equivalent category) for a period not exceeding 3 nights per traveller. The limitation to 3 nights’ accommodation does not apply to persons with reduced mobility (as defined in point (a) of Article 2 of Regulation (EC) No 1107/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the rights of disabled persons and persons with reduced mobility when travelling by air) and any person accompanying them, pregnant women and unaccompanied minors, as well as persons in need of specific medical assistance, provided that we have been notified of their particular needs at least 48 hours before the start of the package.
Our liability under the above paragraph may not be limited by reason of Unavoidable and Extraordinary Circumstances if the relevant transport provider may not rely on such circumstances under the applicable Union passenger rights legislation.
9. OUR LIABILITY TO YOU: PRICE REDUCTION AND COMPENSATION FOR DAMAGES
We are responsible for the performance of the travel services included in your package travel contract and we will use reasonable skill and care to provide the services or facilities that form part of your booking with us. We will be liable to compensate you if we fail to perform or improperly perform your package travel contract (defined as a “lack of conformity” under the Package Travel Regulations).
You will be entitled to an appropriate price reduction for any period during which there was a lack of conformity, unless we prove that the lack of conformity is attributable to you.
You are also entitled to receive appropriate compensation from us without delay for any damage which you sustain as a result of any lack of conformity. However you shall not be entitled to compensation for damages if we prove that the lack of conformity is:
- attributable to you;
- attributable to a third party unconnected with the provision of travel services included in the package contract and is unforeseeable or unavoidable; or
- due to Unavoidable and Extraordinary Circumstances.
Except in cases involving death, illness or injury, damage caused intentionally or negligently, in any other case where liability may not be limited by law, or in cases which are subject to the international conventions referred to below, our liability for compensation shall be limited to a maximum of three times the total price of your package (not including amendment charges). We shall have no liability for any loss of business or profits or any other indirect loss or damage.
Our liability to you (and your party) is also limited in accordance with the international conventions set out below as if we were a carrier under the relevant conventions as applicable. These conventions limit the amount of compensation that passengers can claim for death, injury, illness, and loss, damage, delay in the transportation of luggage and personal belongings. The terms of the relevant conventions are expressly incorporated into your contract and copies of the applicable conventions will be provided by us upon request. The relevant international conventions are:
- a) in relation to carriage by air, the Montreal Convention;
- b) in respect of carriage by rail, the Berne Convention; and
- c) in respect of carriage by sea, the Athens Convention.
All carriage (by land, air and sea) is subject to the terms and conditions of carriage of the actual carrier. These may limit or exclude liability. These are expressly incorporated into your contract with us. Copies of these terms and conditions will be provided by us on your request. Our liability will not exceed that of any carrier.
Any right to compensation or price reduction under the Package Travel Regulations does not affect the rights of travellers under the EU passenger rights legislation. However where you are granted compensation or a price reduction under the Package Travel Regulations and EU passenger rights legislation or the international conventions, we will deduct the compensation or price reductions under the Package Travel Regulations from the other compensation or price reductions granted in order to avoid overcompensation.
Hotels and other tourist services included in your trip are arranged by us with local suppliers who may themselves engage the services of local operators. Standards of hygiene, accommodation and transport in many countries where we organise trips are often lower than comparable standards in the UK. We will at all times endeavour to appoint reputable suppliers. The terms and conditions of hotels and other providers will be applicable and are expressly incorporated into the contract. These may limit or exclude their liability. Local standards of the relevant country will be relevant in assessing performance of the services being performed in that country. In the event of any complaint, the contract will be regarded as having been performed if local standards relating to those services have been satisfied even if the laws of England and Wales have not been met.
Whether or not we are liable for compensation, we will always provide you with appropriate assistance without undue delay if you are in difficulty. This will include providing appropriate information on health services, local authorities and consular assistance, assisting you to make distance communications and helping you to find alternative travel arrangements. We may charge you a reasonable fee for such assistance if the difficulty is caused intentionally by you or through your negligence.
Please ensure that all your travel, passport, visa and insurance documents are in order and that you arrive in plenty of time for checking in at the airport. It may be necessary to reconfirm your flight with the airline prior to your departure. Please ask us for at least 72 hours before your outbound flight. You should take note of any reference number or contact name when reconfirming. If you fail to reconfirm you may be refused permission to board the aircraft and you are unlikely to receive any refund.
Where a flight is changed, delayed or cancelled or you are denied boarding of an aircraft for any other reason, you may be entitled to claim compensation from the airline under Regulation (EC) 261/2004. Full details are available at European airports and from airlines. You must lodge any claim for compensation under this Regulation directly with the relevant airline. We are not an air carrier and will have no liability to you in relation to the above Regulation. Please note that any compensation you obtain under these Regulations does not give you an automatic right to obtain compensation from us. Your right to compensation from us is set out in Sections 8 and 9 above. If any payments to you are due from us, any payment made to you by the airline will be deducted from that amount to avoid overcompensation (see also Sections 8 and 9 above)
12. IF YOU HAVE A COMPLAINT
If you perceive any lack of conformity during your trip, please inform our representatives or the relevant supplier (e.g your hotelier) immediately who will endeavour to put things right. If your complaint is not resolved locally, please contact us so that we can remedy the problem and make any alternative arrangements that may be necessary. If the problem is still not resolved upon your return, please write to us within 28 days of your return to RASK Travel Ltd. 25 Horsell Road, London, N5 1XL, giving your booking reference and other information. If you fail to follow this procedure, we will have been deprived of the opportunity to investigate and rectify your complaint at the time the problem occurred and this may affect your rights under this contract.
13. SPECIAL REQUESTS
Whilst we will endeavour to comply with any special requests we receive (such as specific airline seating, dietary requirements or specific rooms and will pass any special requests to the relevant supplier. However, we are unable to guarantee compliance with such requests and are not liable for any loss suffered in the event of such requests not being complied with.
14. EXCURSIONS AND ACTIVITIES
Where excursions and/or activities are booked and paid for in advance as part of the price of the trip and detailed on our booking confirmation, these will form part of the package contract with us. We undertake to use reasonable skill and care in selecting suppliers who provide excursions and activities as part of your contract.
Any excursions and/or activities that you decide to purchase at any time from a local supplier or third party once your trip has commenced, will not form part of your contract with us. Your contract for such excursions/activities will be made with the relevant supplier or third party and on that party’s terms and conditions and we have no liability whatsoever for the performance of that excursion or activity.
15. DATA PROTECTION
In order to enable us to process and fulfil your booking, we will ask you to provide us with personal information including name, address, email address, telephone number, details of group members that are travelling, we well as any special needs, health, medical, mobility or dietary requirements. RASK Travel Ltd. is the data controller of any personal information that you provide to us under the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 and the Data Protection Act 2018 and is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office.
In order to ensure that your holiday is appropriate for your specific needs that you have disclosed to us, for example, a medical condition or reduced mobility, we or the suppliers of your travel arrangements may require further details. We will ask for your explicit consent to collect and share this information as necessary with the suppliers of your travel arrangements in order to fulfil your booking.
We may pass personal information that you provide to us (including health and mobility information as explained above) on to relevant suppliers of your travel arrangements such as airlines, hotels, transport companies and local tour operators and destination management companies as necessary to fulfil your contract.
In order to process and fulfil your contract, your personal information may also be provided to public authorities such as customs and immigration, security and/or credit checking companies, credit and debit card companies and government and enforcement agencies if required by them in order for us to fulfil your booking, or as required by law. Your personal information may be shared with the police or other law enforcement or crime prevention agencies for security purposes.
If you are travelling to the US, the US Customs and Border Protection require us to provide them with your personal information for the purposes of preventing and combating terrorism and other transnational serious crimes. International travellers who are seeking to travel to the US under the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) are now subject to enhanced security requirements and will be required to complete an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation) 72 hours before departure and pay an administrative fee. This can be completed on the following website: https://esta.cbp.dhs.gov/
This contract is governed by English law and is subject to the jurisdiction of the English courts. You may however, choose the law and jurisdiction of Scotland and Northern Ireland if you wish to do so.
We will endeavour to send your tickets, hotel vouchers and final information regarding your trip approximately 2 weeks prior to departure either by First Class post or e-mail. Once documents leave our offices we will not be responsible for their loss unless such loss is due to our negligence. If tickets or other documents need to be reissued all costs must be paid by you.
19. CONTACT US
Our normal office hours are 9am until 5pm weekdays GMT. Our office number is +447438304843.
Our registered office and principal place of business in the UK is at 25 Horsell Road, London, N5 1XL.
THE PACKAGE TRAVEL AND LINKED TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS REGULATIONS 2018
The combination of travel services offered to you is a package within the meaning The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018.
Therefore, you will benefit from all EU rights applying to packages. RASK will be fully responsible for the proper performance of the package as a whole.
Additionally, as required by law, RASK has protection in place to refund your payments and, where transport is included in the package, to ensure your repatriation in the event that it becomes insolvent.
More information on key rights under The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018 (is provided in the form of a hyperlink in Part 2 below).
Key rights under The Package Travel and Linked Travel Arrangements Regulations 2018
- Travellers will receive all essential information about the package before concluding the package travel contract.
- There is always at least one trader who is liable for the proper performance of all the travel services included in the contract.
- Travellers are given an emergency telephone number or details of a contact point where they can get in touch with the organiser or the travel agent.
- Travellers may transfer the package to another person, on reasonable notice and possibly subject to additional costs.
- The price of the package may only be increased if specific costs rise (for instance, fuel prices) and if expressly provided for in the contract, and in any event not later than 20 days before the start of the package. If the price increase exceeds 8 % of the price of the package, the traveller may terminate the contract. If the organiser reserves the right to a price increase, the traveller has a right to a price reduction if there is a decrease in the relevant costs.
- Travellers may terminate the contract without paying any termination fee and get a full refund of any payments if any of the essential elements of the package, other than the price, are changed significantly. If before the start of the package the trader responsible for the package cancels the package, travellers are entitled to a refund and compensation where appropriate.
- Travellers may terminate the contract without paying any termination fee before the start of the package in the event of exceptional circumstances, for instance if there are serious security problems at the destination which are likely to affect the package.
- Additionally, travellers may at any time before the start of the package terminate the contract in return for an appropriate and justifiable termination fee.
- If, after the start of the package, significant elements of the package cannot be provided as agreed, suitable alternative arrangements will have to be offered to the traveller at no extra cost. Travellers may terminate the contract without paying any termination fee, where services are not performed in accordance with the contract and this substantially affects the performance of the package and the organiser fails to remedy the problem.
- Travellers are also entitled to a price reduction and/or compensation for damages where the travel services are not performed or are improperly performed.
- The organiser has to provide assistance if the traveller is in difficulty.
- If the organiser or the retailer becomes insolvent, payments will be refunded. If the organiser or, where applicable, the retailer, becomes insolvent after the start of the package and if transport is included in the package, repatriation of the travellers is secured. RASK has taken out insolvency protection with the Civil Aviation Authority (“CAA”) (the entity in charge of the insolvency protection for flight packages) and the Association of British Travel Agents (“ABTA”) (the entity in charge of the insolvency protection for non-flight packages). Travellers may contact the CAA at Gatwick Airport South, West Sussex, RH6 0YR, UK, telephone 0333 103 6350, email email@example.com; or ABTA at The Travel Association 30 Park Street London SE1 9EQ 020 3117 0500 www.abta.co.uk), or where applicable the competent authority, if services are denied because of RASK’s insolvency.